Obituaries

Jeffrey L. Spielman

Jeffrey L. Spielman, age 69, passed away peacefully at home March 10, 2019 surrounded by his family, in Salem, VA. He was born April 8, 1949 in Johnstown, PA to James Keifer and Florence Irene (Maser) Spielman. Jeff moved to Ohio when he was 7 years old. He was an excellent student and was Valedictorian of his 1967 class at Maumee High School. He went on to earn his Ph.D.  in mathematics at Bowling Green State University. Jeff taught at Chicago State University and Ohio Northern University, where he served as department chair. In 1986, he moved to Salem, VA to continue his career as a mathematics professor at Roanoke College. He retired from Roanoke College in 2015. He taught approximately 200 mathematics courses to over 5000 students. He published a UMAP Module “Exploring Power and Speed in Baseball”, one of the earliest examples of teaching statistics through baseball. He was sponsor of Pi Mu Epsilon, mathematics honor society, co-principal investigator on two State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, and played a major role in the design and concentration of statistics at Roanoke College. Jeff introduced hundreds of students to the strange and interesting world of fuzzy logic. He was known for his sense of humor, starting and ending each day with a smile, and his ability to help students with a mix of patience and encouragement. Jeff was an avid sports fan, faithfully rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. His love for his family was strong and he was very proud of his son, Matt, and his many accomplishments in and out of school which included graduating magna cum laude from University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Jeff is survived by his wife, Maryanne (Rutter), son Matthew, sister Janet Womack, and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his infant son, Chad Michael, and his parents. Memorial Services will be planned at a later time. Posted by: David Dupont on March 23, 2019.


Richard Deutschman

Richard P. Deutschman, 83, of Portage, Ohio passed away Wednesday March 20, 2019. He was born September 14, 1935 in Portage to the late Alfred and Martha (Smith) Deutschman. He married Eleanor M. Hillard on October 30, 1955 and after 49 years of marriage she preceded him in death on March 26, 2005. Richard was a 1953 graduate of Bowling Green High School. In the early years of his marriage he farmed and worked for Urshels Machine Shop in Bowling Green. He then went on to work as a tool and die maker for the Chevrolet GM Transmission Plant for 46 years, retiring in July 2001. He was a member of Christ Unite Methodist Church in Portage where he served many years as head usher and communion steward. He and Eleanor loved to travel. When their children were young they took several trips across the United States and to the cabin his father built on Manitoulan Island in Canada. After the children had grown, they enjoyed traveling, taking a trip to Oberammergau, Germany in 2000 and several cruises to the Caribbean, Panama and Alaska. Richard was a loving and generous father and grandfather. He was a frequent visitor to McDonalds for breakfast and conversation, loved playing cards and having lunch at the Wood County Senior Center and kept in touch with his high school classmates with monthly lunches at the Bowling Green Country Club. Together, he and Eleanor raised three children who survive Mark (Nydia) Deutschman of Round Hill, Virginia, Vicki (Brian) Cramer of Portage, Ohio and Gary (Connie) Deutschman of Portage, Ohio. He is also survived by his grandchildren Amanda Deutschman of Roundhill, Virginia, Dorothy Deutschman of Ashburn, Virginia, Andrew Cramer of Portage, Aaron Cramer of Brownstown Twp, Michigan, Nathan, Lauren and Anna Deutschman all of Portage, step-grandchildren Hector Quetel of Leesburg, Virginia, Tiffany (Cory) McCain of Roundhill, Virginia and siblings Ernie Deutschman of Toledo, Ohio and Mary Ann Franks of Findlay, Ohio.Along with his wife Eleanor, Richard was preceded in death by his parents Al and Martha, siblings Lillian Bowers Burkhardt, Al Deutschman and Louis Deutschman and one grandson Donald K. Turrell III.His funeral service will be held on Saturday March 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 301 W. Main Portage, Ohio 43451. Rev. Maurice Dunn will officiate. Interment will follow at Portage Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green.Memorial contributions may be given to Christ United Methodist…


Beulah K Sautter

Beulah Kathleen Sautter passed away peacefully on March 14, 2019 at the age of 88 in Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green, Ohio. She was born on January 10, 1931 in Weston, Ohio to Clara and Jay Tolles. She was the fifth of their thirteen children. She married Victor Sautter on July 1, 1950. They had six children: Loren (Teresa), Vickie Digby (Joe), Kevin (Jill), Tim (Kris), Kathy Asmus (Mark), Lisa Wensink (Dan). She had 14 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren.  Beulah is survived by her brothers: Dick, Lee, and Dutch; sisters: Dorothy Law, Lucille Barton, and Betty Gordon. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband Victor, son Tim and siblings Ruth Duval, Al, Donna Thielman, Paul, Lorabel Apger, and Jim. Beulah graduated from Whitehouse High School in 1949. She retired in 1994 from Clevite in Napoleon after working there for 28 years. She was member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Beulah loved to quilt and do embroidery. She cherished holidays, camping with family, and spending every year at the Wood Co. Fair. She spent many years on weekly bowling leagues and square dancing with Vic. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren while they competed and performed in many activities. Visitation for Beulah will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home, 24084 W. Second Street, Grand Rapids, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM with interment to immediately follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in Beulah’s honor may be gifted to the Calvary United Methodist Church or the Wood County Clover Legacy Foundation. Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home is honored to serve Beulah’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: admin on March 19, 2019.


Donald Callen

Donald Marvin Callen was born on November 7, 1946 to Rev. David and Claris (Holcomb) Callen of Niagara Falls, NY. He graduated from Cassadaga Valley High School in 1964 and earned his BA from Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY. Don served as an U.S. Army interpreter in Vietnam, before returning to complete his senior year of college in 1970-71. He earned his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. In 1979, Don accepted a teaching position at Bowling Green State University, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 2015. His initial specialization was Aesthetics. He subsequently explored: 19th and 20th century German and French philosophies; American Pragmatism; Environmental Philosophy and Critical Studies of Film; Gender, and Sexuality. He played a pivotal role in the development of the doctoral programs in Philosophy and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Don was an accomplished pianist. He loved all manner of art. He spoke four languages, including French and Vietnamese. He enjoyed the theater and films. Don was a devoted animal lover and environmentalist. While he was quiet and studious, Don had a keen wit and fantastic sense of humor. Don was much loved by his family, as well as his former students and colleagues, who remember his gentle humility, kindness and strong ideals. Don remained active throughout the last months of his life. Ever the polymath, he took up pottery classes at The 577 Foundation, and he enjoyed them immensely. He continued to read and learn until his final days. On Thursday evening, March 14, 2019, following a courageous, four-year battle with cancer, Don passed away at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg surrounded by loving family and friends. Don’s surviving family members include: his sister, Dava Jean Hannah and niece, Jeannie Lynn Hannah, both of Northfield, Minnesota; cousins Sue and Jerry Rossi of Woodburn, Indiana; Richard and Karen Fairbanks of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Kenneth and Becky Fairbanks of Murray, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by the following family members: his parents and grandparents; his sister Donna Ruth; brothers Dale and James, and brother-in-law Robert Hannah. In lieu of flowers, Don’s family requests memorial donations to: The 577 Foundation; The Friends of Wood County Parks and The Black Swamp Conservancy. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green. To share an online condolence or fond memory please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on March 19, 2019.on March 20, 2019.


Sally J Kilmer

Sally J Kilmer, 83, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Saturday March 9, 2019, at Wood Haven Health Center. She was born February 26, 1936, in Woodhull, NY to Percy E and Leona (Whiteman) Kilmer. The oldest of three children, she is preceded by her parents, and sister Rose, and is survived by her sister Ella (Donald) Butcher, nephews, niece, great nephews, and great niece. She was active in many local groups, including the League of Women Voters and National Association For the Education of Young Children. She traveled extensively for personal and professional development, visiting 6 continents. Sally attended Pennsylvania State University, where she received a Bachelors in Adult Education, and Masters in Child Development and Family Relationships. She completed her Ph.D. in Child Development and Psychological Studies at Stanford University. Sally moved to Bowling Green in 1979, accepting an Associate Professor position with Bowling Green State University, and retired as Professor Emeritus 2006. The family will have a private celebration of her life this summer in Woodhull, New York. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green.  Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. “I had the distinct pleasure of working with Sally Kilmer at BGSU. Sally consistently focused on the developmental needs of children and families. She encouraged all of us to strive to do what is in the best interest of children and the profession. Her intellect enriched all of us. I also enjoyed knowing of her passion for personal investing. Sally contributed so much to BGSU and the Bowling Green community. I feel blessed to have known her.” — Susan Peet, Bowling Green State University To share an online condolence with the Kilmer family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on March 16, 2019.


Beulah K Sautter

Beulah Kathleen Sautter passed away peacefully on March 14, 2019 at the age of 88 in Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green, Ohio. She was born on January 10, 1931 in Weston, Ohio to Clara and Jay Tolles. She was the fifth of their thirteen children. She married Victor Sautter on July 1, 1950. They had six children: Loren (Teresa), Vickie Digby (Joe), Kevin (Jill), Tim (Kris), Kathy Asmus (Mark), Lisa Wensink (Dan). She had 14 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren.  Beulah is survived by her brothers: Dick, Lee, and Dutch; sisters: Dorothy Law, Lucille Barton, and Betty Gordon. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband Victor, son Tim and siblings Ruth Duval, Al, Donna Thielman, Paul, Lorabel Apger, and Jim. Beulah graduated from Whitehouse High School in 1949. She retired in 1994 from Clevite in Napoleon after working there for 28 years. She was member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Beulah loved to quilt and do embroidery. She cherished holidays, camping with family, and spending every year at the Wood Co. Fair. She spent many years on weekly bowling leagues and square dancing with Vic. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren while they competed and performed in many activities. Visitation for Beulah will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home, 24084 W. Second Street, Grand Rapids, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM with interment to immediately follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in Beulah’s honor may be gifted to the Calvary United Methodist Church or the Wood County Clover Legacy Foundation. Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home is honored to serve Beulah’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: admin on March 16, 2019.


Kelly Elizabeth Wallace

Kelly Elizabeth Wallace, 33, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana after a warrior like struggle against serious lung complications. Kelly was born June 14, 1985 in Bowling Green, Ohio and was a graduate of Bowling Green High School in 2004. She was a member of the National Honor Society, played the violin for three years in orchestra and acted as the historian and in her senior year in Madrigals, a high school choral group. She enjoyed singing in churches, around the house and other venues throughout her life. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2008 with a major in journalism. She moved to Muncie, Indiana after graduation to work for the Star Press as a reporter and photographer. She then moved to the Indianapolis area and worked for Applied Composites Engineering doing marketing and sales. She most recently did freelance writing for Visit Hendricks County and Carmel Magazine. Kelly enjoyed singing, concerts, travelling, playing with her kids, and photography. She leaves behind her beloved husband Todd of seven years and their two children Claire (3) and Samuel (1).  She is survived by her parents Frank and Pam Day of Bowling Green, Ohio, brother Benjamin Day (Michele Day) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Also surviving are her father and mother-in-law Rick and Lani Wallace of Muncie, Indiana, brother-in-law Andy Wallace (Kristy Wallace), sister-in-law Kinsey West (Jeremy West), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services were Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Hope City Church, 1017 West Main Street, Carmel.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Claire and Sam’s College 529 Plans at www.ugift529.com; Claire: k5s-v9m and Sam: p9t-d6r. Online condolences may be shared by visiting flannerbuchanan.com.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner Buchanan – Carmel. Posted by: David Dupont on March 13, 2019.


William ‘Billy’ Brigman

Billy H Brigman passed away on March 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Cooley), and their son, Mark. Also preceding him in death were his brothers Odie Odell, Norvell Valjean and Averill Leroy and his sisters Ruby Dale and Alice Estelle. He is survived by his daughter Maribeth Genson (Tim), his two grandsons Andy (Erica) and Pete (Samantha) and four great-grandchildren Connor and Corinne, Calvin and Birdie.Bill was born in Greenville, Texas on October 21, 1922. His parents were James “Jack” Arthur and Valverda (Collins). Bill was orphaned at an early age. He and his sister, Alice, travelled to Tiffin, Ohio to enter the Junior Order United American Mechanics orphan’s home. The Junior Home provided him with a home, an education and a trade. Bill had many fond memories of growing up in the Home where he played football, basketball and baseball.After graduation, Bill enlisted in the Navy. He began his naval career attending college at Northwestern. He was later assigned as an instructor in Florida. After requesting combat duty, he served on the USS Lunga Point carrier ship until his discharge, flying in a torpedo/bomber plane as a radioman/gunner.After discharge from the Navy, Bill returned to Tiffin, where he met Mary. Three months later they were married on August 18, 1946. He liked telling people that he took one look at Mary and knew she was the girl he wanted to marry. While working for the Advertiser Tribune in Tiffin, he apprenticed with a mason. He then built their first house in Tiffin. When he started working for The Toledo Blade, he built another house outside Bowling Green where they raised their family.Bill and Mary were season ticketholders for BGSU basketball and hockey. They were affectionately known as Mr. & Mrs. B by the hockey team. They also enjoyed classic car shows where they entered their 32 Ford Sedan Delivery and 47 Ford convertible cars. Bill was an avid golfer. He tried to golf every day the weather permitted. He continued to golf into his nineties.The family would like to thank the caring professionals from Heritage Corner Health Care Campus and Bridge Hospice for their kindness and compassion in the care of Bill and his family.Bill’s visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Services at 1:00 p.m. at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 19865 Washington St., Tontogany, Ohio. Burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery. Pastor Jennifer Jackson of Haskins Community Church will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Homekid Memorial Park. To…


John Hiltner Jr

John Hiltner Jr, Bowling Green, passed away on Saturday March 9, 2019 after a brief illness. John was born January 25, 1933 in Waverly, Iowa to Frieda (Reinemund) and John Hiltner Sr. He was their only child, but was close with many of his cousins. He recounted many of the funny antics from his childhood with those cousins on a farm in Iowa.  John graduated from Waverly High School in 1950, University of Iowa (go Hawkeyes!) in 1954, and earned his PhD in Geography from Northwestern University in 1958. He came to BGSU in 1958 and stayed for his whole career. He retired Professor Emeritus. While at BGSU, he started the Gerontology program and became an expert in the field of aging and nursing home administration. After retirement, he was active with the Wood County Retired Teachers, BGSURA, and the Wood County Senior Center. He walked at the Community Center, including two miles on his 86th birthday. John married Lois Reichert in Mansfield OH on November 26, 1959, which was Thanksgiving Day. During their 59 years together, they enjoyed traveling, raising their family, time with friends, volunteering, and their church life. St. Mark’s Lutheran became their home, with many fun times, service opportunities and deep friendships. John was a leader at St. Mark’s for many years, and also taught Sunday School, read scripture and served as an assisting minister. He was committed to Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio. In addition to being a camper at Camp Luther family camp, he served on the LOMO Board in the 90’s.  John and Lois’ children are: Martha (James) Woelke, John M (Ann), Gretchen (Todd) Martin, and Joel (Helena). His real source of joy was their 12 grandchildren: Sarah (Dan) Steck, Seth Woelke, Cameron, Emma, and Jack Hiltner, Elissa (Nathan) Manion, Rachel, Sam, Josh and Zach Martin, Emerson and Eliza Hiltner. He also loved his great grandson, Steven Manion, and was looking forward to seeing Steven’s little sister who is due in April. Some of his favorite memories were of long family weekends at Oglebay and the Hocking Hills. In addition to his wife Lois and his immediate family, John is survived by cousins and by friends who are like family. Many of those friendships are with people he and Lois have known for more than 50 years. John was able to spend some of his retirement time on longer trips with Joel. Together they visited Turkey (site of John’s graduate work), Tanzania (with their guide and friend Wellington Kamala), and France & England. John and Lois also spent time…


Valerie A Gwozdz

Valerie A. Gwozdz, 63, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Friday March 8, 2019. She was born February 16, 1956 in Oregon, Ohio to the late Stanley and Josephine (Olszanski) Gwozdz. Valerie loved watching food network, enjoyed outings with her family to Red Lobster and the Toledo Zoo and collected stuffed animals. She held numerous jobs throughout her life through Wood Lane Industries, her favorite was buffering the floors at Wood Lane. Her family would like to give special thanks to the caretakers at the Wojo home for the wonderful care they provided for Valerie. She is survived by her sister Paulette Gwozdz (Sue) of Toledo, Ohio and several cousins. Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 12, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. A graveside service will be held Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Park in Perrysburg in the South Vestibule Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to Wood Lane or Ebeid Hospice.To share an online condolence with the Gwozdz family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on March 10, 2019.


Luke B Boltz

Luke B. Boltz 26, of Woodville, OH, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green. Born January 15, 1993 in Oregon, OH to Richard D. Boltz and Teresa K. Alexander. He was a 2011 graduate of Woodmore High School. Luke had an amazing talent in hunting and fishing; he was also an avid Ohio State football fan. His family remembers him most as having a sweet and kind spirit. He will be greatly missed. Luke is survived by his mother: Teresa Alexander of Luckey, father: Richard Boltz of Woodville, brother: Nicholas Boltz of MI, sister: Ashley Boltz of Bowling Green, paternal grandmother: Nelda Hawkins of AL, nephew: Jaxon Boltz, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Karen Snyder and Thomas Alexander, paternal grandfather: Richard Boltz Jr., and uncle: Mark Boltz.Family and Friends will be received 3-7 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home, 201 W. Main Street, Woodville. Memorials may take the form of contributions to: The family c/o the funeral home. Online condolences maybe shared with the family at www.marshfuneralhomes.com. Posted by: admin on March 9, 2019.on March 10, 2019.


John L LaGesse

John L. LaGesse age 89 years, of Bowling Green, OH passed away on March 6, 2019.  John was born on September 30, 1929 in Superior, WI to the late Edna and Leo LaGesse. He married Mary Gidolf on December 27, 1952. They moved the family to Toledo, OH in 1967 where John was able to move his way up the “hawse pipe” and reached the rank of Captain before he retired at the age of 50 ending his 32 years sailing career. John was an Army Veteran. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club in Iron River, WI and Lake Havasu, AZ. He was also a very involved and longtime member of the International Shipmasters Association. Much of John’s community involvement also included his grandchildren, who spent a lot of time by his side as he volunteered.  He invested in his community, and enjoyed all the outdoor activities the Northern Woods and lakes provided.  John is survived by his wife Mary LaGesse; children: Louise LaGesse, Mary Grzybowski, Paula Jahns (Scott), Patrick LaGesse; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brothers: Robert LaGesse, Gerald LaGesse (Janice), and a sister Catherine Skamarycz. Along with his parents John was preceded in death by a sister Joanne. A Funeral Mass for John will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Catholic Church 150 South Enterprise Street Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  John will be buried in a family plot in Iron River, WI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory Bowling Green, Ohio. Memorial contributions in John’s honor may be gifted to Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green, Ohio. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve John’s Family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visitingwww.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: admin on March 8, 2019.


Delores ‘Ann’ Errett

Delores Ann Errett, 85, of Tontogany, Ohio passed away March 6, 2019. She was born November 26, 1933 in Findlay, Ohio to Earl and Delores Price. She married Robert D. Errett in 1956 and he preceded her in death December 12, 2016.  Ann worked as a nursing aid at Wood County Hospital for 20 years. Family was everything to her and there is nothing she enjoyed more than the time she spent wither children and grandchildren.  She is survived by her son Robert Jr. (Cynthia) Errett of Castalia, Ohio, daughters Pat (Joe) Hammer of St. Mary’s, Ohio and Janet (Charles) Clark of Bowling Green, Ohio, brother Earl (Maryann) Price of Findlay, Ohio, sister Ruth (Tom) Jameson of Findlay, Ohio, grandchildren Theresa, David, Jacob (Annie), Erin (Drew) and Andrea and great-grandchild Ridley.  Ann was preceded in death by her husband Robert, parents, two brothers and one sister. Visitation will be held on Monday March 11, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Interment will follow at Weston Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. To share an online condolence with the Errett family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on March 8, 2019.


Thomas D Anderson

Thomas Dale Anderson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and scholar, went to his eternal home on January 21, 2019. He was born September 23, 1929 to Edward and Anna Anderson of Northfield, OH. Being brought up in the depression, Tom learned at a young age to “make do with what you have” and to work hard. After graduating from Northfield High School in 1947, he worked his way through college at Kent State University, where he earned a BA degree in Geography. While studying at KSU, he was a pitcher on the baseball team and was captain of the swim team. He later earned an MA from Kent State, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska, both in Geography. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity, and Sigma Xi scientific honorary. He served in the Army Infantry in Korea (1953-55) as a First Lieutenant and was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant for meritorious service. He came to Bowling Green State University after teaching five years at the State University College in Geneseo, NY. In addition to serving as Professor of Geography at BGSU, he taught a year as Fulbright Scholar at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. He also was a visiting instructor at several other universities and did survey work for the state of Ohio. He married his lovely wife of 62 years Sylvia Crum in 1956 and had three children; Susan, Stefan, and Kathryn, and two grandchildren; Audrey and Joshua. A prolific scholar, he received numerous research grants, and authored two books, along with several book chapters and research reports. He also wrote dozens of articles, and presented over 70 professional papers, including one in Moscow. At BGSU, he served on the Faculty Senate, along with serving as chair on various university committees, and the Arts & Sciences Council. His professional memberships included the American Association of Geographers; American Geographical Society; National Council for Geographic Education; Pacific Science Association and the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. His community service included ten years on City Council, and also as chair of the City Housing Commission. He also was a member of the Planning Commission, the Industrial and Development Committee and the Wood County Mental Health Board. He was a long-standing member and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green. Prior to his academic career, he was a tree surgeon in his father’s business, a lifeguard, and a ‘smoke chaser’ with the U.S. Forestry service in Montana. Tom loved to explore and experience life and…


Harry R Wagner

Harry Raymond Wagner left this world on March 1, 2019. Harry was born July 7, 1918 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Charles and Rose Wagner. He touched many lives during his 100 years on this earth, told numerous stories and left invaluable memories. He attended grade school in Bowling Green, and during the Great Depression lived with his sister Erma and her husband helping on their dairy farm, graduating from High School in Wayne, Ohio. He made many lasting friendships and participated in sports and other activities available at that time. Harry worked in retail during the late 1930s and was a manager trainee for J.C. Penney. It was there where he met his wife Katie. Harry and Katie were married October 4, 1941 in San Francisco, CA as by then Harry had been drafted into the Army and was attending Officers Training School. Harry served in the South Pacific throughout WWII and was discharged in 1946 as a captain. He returned to form an Army Reserve Unit in Bowling Green, Ohio and was Commanding Officer until 1961.Harry and Katie return to Bowling Green after the war and he held Executive Positions for the next 25 years with both Lamsons and Lasalles Dept. stores. Harry finished his career as an instructor of Adult Education for the Small Business Administration in Sandusky, Ohio.Retirement was enjoyed living on Lake Erie during the summer months and in Destin, FL during the winter months. Harry was one of the oldest members of the Maumee Elks and enjoyed many evenings dancing the night away and enjoying socializing with his many friends.Harry was the last surviving child of Charles and Rose Wagner. He had four sister, Gladys Instone, Helena Kurtz, Betty Noward, Erma Adams and one brother Wallace Wagner. He was a wonderful husband to Katie who passed away in 2008. Harry will be remembered always as the most amazing, caring father ever to his daughter Kathy Schwartz, her husband Denny Schwartz and his son Jack Wagner. Jack passed away in November, 2017. Katie and Jack were waiting in heaven with open arms. Katie and Harry are now together again with their first child which brings much comfort to daughter Kathy.Harry had a very special bond with his granddaughter Allyson Schwartz of Chicago, IL and his great granddaughters Kaley and Lanie McCartney of North Baltimore. His son Jack blessed him with two grandsons, Leif and Rockford Wagner of Colorado. He was also loved by his step granddaughter Megan (Andrew) Reitinger and great granddaughters Peyton and Caroline Reitinger.  The last 10 years of Harry’s…


Carolus F Van De Heijning

Carolus “Karel” Van De Heijning, 71, of Custar, Ohio, passed away on March 1, 2019, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born to Adriaan van de Heijning and Anna Hoefmans on April 24, 1947 in Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands. Karel served in the Belgium Army for one year after high school, and then began working on his family’s farm in Baarle-Hertog, Belgium. When Karel started on the farm, they had chickens and dairy cows. Over the years the farm expanded, started to focus only on dairy cows, and changed locations. In 1995 the farm moved to Bree, Belgium. In 2005, Karel and his family moved to the USA and built Reyskens Dairy in Custar, Ohio. Karel was proud of their family farm and was passionate about his work as a farmer. He worked on the farm until the end of his life.Karel married Mariette Verheijen in 1974, and together they had two sons, Patrick and Mark. Karel was a loving, devoted husband and father. One of his greatest joys was becoming an “Opa”. Karel enjoyed many adventures with his grandsons around the farm and will be sorely missed. Karel was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Adam Van De Heijning. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mariette Verheijen, sons Patrick Van De Heijning of Rudolph, Ohio, and Mark (Betsey) Van De Heijning of Bowling Green, Ohio, sisters Maria (Fons) Van De Heijning of Brasschaat, Belgium and Jeanne Van De Heijning of Merksplas, Belgium, grandsons Nolan Barber, Luke Van De Heijning, and Tommy Van De Heijning, and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday March 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 S. Enterprise St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Father Mark Davis will officiate. Interment will follow at Wingston Cemetery in Rudolph, Ohio. Visitation will be held Thursday from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to Wood County 4-H. To share an online condolence with the Van De Heijning family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on March 5, 2019.


Patricia A Jackson

Patricia Anne Jackson, 89, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away on March 1, 2019, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, in Toledo, Ohio. She was born to Frederick R. Messmer and Theresa F. (Mick) Messmer in Columbus, Ohio, on October 11, 1929. In 1947, Pat married John E. Jackson, who preceded her in death in 2005.  Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Louise Jackson and Patricia Jackson (John Leslie) of Toledo, sons John E., Jr. (Connie) of Sandusky, Robert N. of Columbus, Stephen E. (Rose Ellen) of Bowling Green, Jeffrey E. of Swanton, and Frederick E. (Kim) of Toledo, grandchildren Robert (Karrie) Jackson, Jr., Elizabeth Anne (Scott) Weatherby, Patricia Anne Randall (Dana), Peter Jackson (Renee), Jeffrey Jackson (Sara Smith), Nicholas Jackson, step-grandchildren Peter (Alyssa) Kuebeck, David (Rachel) Kuebeck, and Andrew Kuebeck, 13 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, and her sister Jane (Claude) Dixon. She was predeceased by sisters Rose Marie McRury, Mary Lou Messmer, and brothers Frederick R. Messmer, Jr., and Daniel Messmer. Pat and John loved to powerboat on Lake Erie and were members of the Sandusky Yacht Club. Pat was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Church, Perrysburg, the Portage Valley Dance Club, the Wood County Hospital Guild, and the Wood County Genealogical Society. She enjoyed building and furnishing dollhouses, gardening, countless crafts, biking across Wood County with friend Betty Crawford, and playing the violin and piano. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 24250 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, Ohio. The Reverend Herb Weber will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the Funeral Mass from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Pat’s name to St. John XXIII Building Fund. To share an online condolence with the Jackson family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on March 5, 2019.


Chester Glen Brown

Chester Glen Brown, 90, of Grand Rapids, died February 27th, 2019 at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green. He was born on October 12th, 1928 in Providence Township, Lucas County, Ohio, the second son of John W. and Frances P. (Sheely) Brown. On March 4th, 1949, he married Mildred LaVon Carter of Grand Rapids. They raised five children and enjoyed fifty-one years of marriage before her death on October 25th, 2000. On March 16th, 2002 he married Janice Crozier Kaiser of Tontogany. She preceded him in death on June 21st, 2018. After graduating from Grand Rapids High School and marrying Mildred, Chet farmed and raised hogs on Box Road in Providence Township. He drove bus for Grand Rapids and Otsego Schools for 38 years, which included countless trips with the band and sports teams. For decades he played saxophone and called square dances in the dance band, “The Sundowners”. In his later years, he joined the Bowling Green Community Band and continued to play his sax at church and family gatherings. Chet and Mildred were longtime members of the Farm Bureau, enjoying many family picnics, canoe trips, and agricultural tours that took them as far as Hawaii and Switzerland. They loved to travel and visited all fifty states. They were pillars of the First Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, where Chet sang in the choir and served as elder, deacon, and Sunday school superintendent. He also served as a Providence Township Trustee and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #123. In his retirement Chet was an active member with Janice of the Tontogany Presbyterian Church. They sang in the choir, occasionally played duets, and were a fixture serving refreshments at Vacation Bible School. They were also great supporters of Otsego schools and could be found together at nearly every athletic or musical event. For many years they volunteered as kindergarten aides, where the children took turns holding “Grandpa” Brown’s hand on the way to the library. Chet is survived by his sons; John and Scott (Paige) of Grand Rapids and Lee (Tammie) of Zanesville; daughters Kaye (Mark) Spicer and Amy (Blair) Dyke of Grand Rapids; nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; stepchildren Joseph (Kathy) Kaiser and Linette (Reed) Church, six step-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-grandchildren, brother, Clair (Sandy) and sister-in-law, Lenora. He was preceded in death by an infant son, parents John and Frances, wife Mildred, brother Clifford, and wife Janice.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Tontogany, OH. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019…


Thomas Schreiner

On February 26, 2019. Thomas “Toby” Schreiner, son of Howard and Madonna Schreiner, went peacefully to be with God after a hard-fought battle against Agent Orange and heart disease. Growing up in Fostoria, Ohio, Toby attended St. Wendelin School. After graduation he was drafted into the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War. Once he returned, he attended The University of Toledo. He then went on to work at Therma-Tru until they relocated to Indiana. At that time, Toby learned how to become a craftsman tile setter while working with Toledo Tile, and later opened his own tile setting company,T.E. Schreiner Inc.. It was here that he was able to work alongside his son, Brian, to build a business. After closing his business, he continued to work for Wilson Tile until his retirement. Amidst his hard-working days, Toby also loved to renovate rental properties with his wife. A true man of God, Toby was an avid fisherman and hunter, loved Las Vegas and scratch off lottery tickets, sought to help all those less fortunate than himself, and treasured spending time with family and friends. He was known for his ornery personality, his practical jokes, his laughter, and his extremely kind heart. He is survived by devoted wife, Diana (Toledo), mother, Madonna Schreiner (Fostoria), loving children, Brian (Megan) Keefe (Bowling Green), Amy Files (Toledo) and Tracy (Brian) Hovest (Bowling Green). He is also survived by adoring grandchildren Alexis “Peanut” (J.R.) Yates, Adrian and Malin “Mayonnaise” Files, Darby. Abby, and Theo Bock, Colton and Kennedy Keefe, and Grace Hovest. Left to cherish his memory are loving siblings Sharon (Tom) Krupp and Lisa (Steve) Riser both of Fostoria, Sandy (Greg) Ridge of Port Clinton, Don (Linda) Schreiner of Rockford, Illinois, and Kevin (Jenny) Schreiner of Bloomdale, brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Diane) Kleinfelter of Fostoria, Vern (Janet) Keefe, Duane (Deb) Keefe, Richard (Teresa) Best, Marvin (Theresa) Keefe, all of Tiffin, Dave (Alice) Keefe and Hank (Pat) Elchert both of New Riegel. Favorite Uncle Toby is also survived by many adoring nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Howard Schreiner, brothers Dave and Mark Schreiner, nephews Charlie Schreiner and Adam Ridge, mother and father-in-law Joseph and Catherine Kleinfelter and Joe and Marie Keefe and brother and sister-in-law John and Carol Keefe. Special thanks to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Perez, the LVAD team, cousin, Brenda McLelland, and the nursing staff for their care and support. Visitation will take place on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Coyle Funeral Home,…


Mavis Girten

Mavis Girten, 100, of Bowling Green, Ohio, beloved wife of the late Elmer L. Girten, passed away on Monday February 25, 2019 at Heritage Corner in Bowling Green. Born in Toronto, Canada, Mavis was a graduate of the University of Toronto. She taught seven years in Toronto before moving to the States to marry her husband, whom she met while both were students at Columbia University in New York City.  After teaching in the Swanton and Rossford school districts, Mavis retired from the Perrysburg school system in 1977.  With her husband she enjoyed cottage life in Canada, traveling and attending elder hostels in Europe and in the United States.  A watercolorist, her many paintings in watercolor and pastel were treasured by family and friends. As a volunteer she served 16 years at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bowling Green, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Elmer L. Girten, her sister Marjorie McIntosh, and her parents, Dr. Robert and Ella Rose McIntosh. Mavis is survived by her two daughters, Ann King (John) of Rudolph, Ohio, Linda Wittenmyer (Dave) of Maumee, and three grandchildren, Kevin (Janelle) King of Perrysburg, Amy (Kevin) Wise of Whitehouse, and Brian (Kelly) Wittenmyer of Perrysburg. Also surviving are eleven great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St. in Bowling Green. Pastors Amy Miller and Tom Moyer will officiate. Following the service a luncheon will be served for family and friends at the church. Visitation will be held Saturday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green. Joint burial of Mavis and Elmer’s cremains will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church or Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green.  To share an online condolence with the Girten family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on February 27, 2019.Last revised by: David Dupont, our reviewer, on March 1, 2019.


James R Beair

James R. “Jim” Beair, 61, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away February 23, 2019. He was born July 31, 1957 in Bowling Green to Raymond and Pearl (Palmerton) Beair. Jim served his country proudly in the United States Army. He enjoyed working on model cars and trucks and loved going out to eat and spending time with his family.He is survived by his sister Linda (Wayne) Garvey of Whitehouse, Ohio, brother Raymond Beair of Bowling Green, Ohio, nephew Seth Robertson of Whitehouse, Ohio, niece Breanna Garvey of Fostoria, Ohio and great-nephew Brad Garvey of Whitehouse, Ohio.He was preceded in death by his sister Esther Oberdorf and nephew Brad Garvey. Services for Jim will be private for the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St.Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Beair family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com Posted by: admin on February 24, 2019.on February 28, 2019.


Elsie ‘Ann’ Carpenter

Elsie Ann Carpenter, 100, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 22, 2019 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green.  Ann was born on October 2, 1918 to Mike and Martha Pavelich, and adopted as an infant by Amos and Anna Barker.  She married Milton Carpenter on August 26, 1940. They lived and worked on their family farm near Bowling Green where she was a loyal partner and farm wife for 46 years.  Ann was a member of Word of Truth Christian Center. In past years she was actively involved in the United Brethren Church, and Sugar Ridge Community Church serving as pianist, Sunday school teacher, and youth leader. She also had a nursing home chapel ministry at the Wood Haven, and the Community Nursing Home. Ann loved playing the piano, writing poetry, and distributing gospel tracts. Ann will always be remembered for her generous and kind spirit by reaching out to others in their time of need. Ann is preceded in death by her husband Milton, daughter Mary, daughter-in-law Marcia, son-in-law Jim Jones, grandson James Michael Jones and brothers Willis, Leo and Carol Barker.  She is survived by her children, William of Enid, Oklahoma; Nancy Jones, Richard (Judith); Thomas (Diana) and Patricia all of Bowling Green. She is also survived by her sister Wilma Kidd of Bowling Green, 15 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Word of Truth Christian Center, 1163 Napoleon Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Pastor Jerry Hunt will officiate. Interment will follow at Portage Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Word of Truth Christian Center or Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green.  To share an online condolence with the Carpenter family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on February 23, 2019.on February 28, 2019.


Betty J Birr

Betty J. Birr, 75, of Bowling Green made her way home to be with her eternal family in heaven on Wednesday (February 20, 2019) at Hospice of Northwest Ohio.She retired in 1998 as a Supervisor with ConRail. Born November 19, 1943 in Leesburg, Virginia to Edwin Owens Sr. and Ella (Gray) Wright. Surviving family includes one daughter, Dawn (Lewis) Nienow; three sisters, Mary Ann (Owens) Baker, Winnie (Owens) Diggs, Rosebud (Owens) Isleib; one brother, Richard Owens; and three grandchildren, Drew Nienow, Tyler Nienow, and Kylie Nienow. She was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers; Edwin Owens Jr. and Clayton Owens. Betty’s heart and soul was her grandchildren. She loved to take them out to lunch or just spend time talking about life with them. She was extremely proud of all of them as could be seen by the sparkle in her eye whenever she talked about them. Betty had a compassionate heart that never met someone she didn’t then consider a friend. She enjoyed playing golf, drinking a good glass of Zinfandel and having parties with friends on her deck. It is presumed that Betty is currently in heaven messing up computer log-ins, finding fixer up projects for the angels to do and watching Notre Dame Football from the best seat at the bar. Betty was a member of the Fallen Timber’s Men’s Golf League, the Elkhart Moose Lodge, the Elkhart Disabled American Veterans organization and the Bowling Green Eagles club. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Pastor Scott Estep will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday morning at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to thank all of the wonderful nurse, aides and doctors that cared for Betty while she was at the Toledo Hospice NWO. They were angels on Earth. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.To share an online condolence with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on February 22, 2019.on February 28, 2019.


Anna Jane Titus

Anna Jane Titus, 83, went home to be with the Lord on February 16, 2019. She was born to Emory and Freda Bateson at home in Tontogany, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband Capt. Terrance R. Titus (Vietnam 1965), her parents and sister Emily Taylor. She is survived by sister Norma Roberts, brother Emory Bateson, Jr., and brother-in-law David Titus; sons and their wives Stephen and Cherry Titus, Ron and Yun Pin (Robin) Titus, and Alan and Charlotte Titus; grandchildren Alison, Ruby, Leslie, Georgia, Hope and great-grandson Jackson. She will be missed by all her nieces and nephews, cousins, church family, and friends but we are all happy that she is walking the streets of gold in heaven greeting all of her family and friends that have preceded her.Anna Jane loved and served her church as secretary, Sunday school teacher, Awana leader and church organist. She also served as the high school and elementary school secretary for Emmanuel Christian School in Toledo, Ohio for 30 years before her retirement. She enjoyed helping people, traveling to many of the states in the United States, England and Europe and lots of visits to family, friends and especially her grandchildren. Anna Jane left an indelible mark on all those she came in contact with and was loved by all.Visitation will be held on Friday February 22, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 749 S. Wintergarden Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Pastor Tom Mullins will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Anna Jane, can be made to Emmanuel Christian Schools Scholarship Fund, Toledo, Ohio or to the Ladies Missionary Fellowship at First Baptist Church, Bowling Green Ohio.To share an online condolence with the Titus family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com. Posted by: admin on February 17, 2019.on February 18, 2019.


Caleb Maxwell Holstein

Caleb Maxwell Holstein, 22, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends. Caleb was a rising EDM artist and promoter, recording and performing in the Detroit club scene as HiTeK. Caleb was signed as a sponsored artist with Death2Reggies Apparel shortly after his debut performance at Elecktricity in Pontiac, Michigan. His eclectic style and dynamic stage presence kept the party going with a rhythm that can still be heard; in our ears and in our hearts.  Caleb’s work can be found and enjoyed at https://soundcloud.com/cholstein/tracks. Caleb was a 2014 graduate of Bowling Green High School and worked at Pisanello’s Pizza, where he was known for his warm, caring personality. Caleb is survived by his mother: Marla (Stephen) Colon of Bowling Green, Ohio, father: Jason Holstein of California; his sisters, whom he loved and cared for deeply: Summer (Ryan Serrato) Woodman, Reagan Bowling, and Josephine Bowling of Bowling Green, Ohio; Grandparents: Sally Snider of Risingsun, Ohio, Paul (Shirley) Colon of Wauseon, Ohio, and Perry Ford of Merrill, Michigan; and his nephew, John Irish of Bowling Green, Ohio. He is also survived by his many friends, fans and supporters, known as ‘The Fam.’ Caleb will always be remembered for his kindness, positive energy and musical talent. In lieu of flowers or contributions, Caleb’s family ask that you continue to spread Caleb’s love and positive vibes. Visitation for Caleb will be held Thursday, February 21 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, immediately followed by his Celebration of Life in the Remembrance Chapel of Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 W. Wooster St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve Caleb’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. Posted by: admin on February 16, 2019.on February 18, 2019.